As I watched TV reports of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, I was struck by the universal concern with the ongoing civilian casualties of the residents of Gaza. I heard various Muslim interviewees calling the situation “a massacre,” and the like. The pictures of the Palestinian dead were comprised of scenes of women and children being rushed to the hospital bleeding.
Watching these TV reports, I was almost convinced that there was not a single Hamas soldier in Gaza, nor a single rocket ever fired on Israeli civilians and, actually, no males living in Gaza, except for the hospital physicians. Apparently, there are also no women or children suffering in Israel, no Jewish casualties, no decades of Palestinian terrorism, and no Iranian weapons and financing flowing into Gaza.
To watch CNN or BBC news, there are only two kinds of people living in the Middle East: Evil Israeli soldiers bent on genocide for no reason, and Palestinian women and children who are 100% innocent and haven’t the slightest idea why the Israeli soldiers are in Gaza.
Truly amazing… but I’m not buying it.
I do believe that the Palestinian people are suffering now, and I am saddened by it. It is true that any innocent Palestinian who is used by Hamas terrorists as a human shield and then injured in the war that Hamas started, is a tragedy. Like the various Muslim interviewees on CNN, I too, would like to see all people in the Middle East able to live in peace and freedom. However, unlike the Muslims and their Leftist apologists, I do not believe that Hamas is entitled to have the freedom to use Gaza as a launching pad to mass-murder Jewish families at will – as it has done for the past decade.
I am also saddened by the fact that having Hamas in control of a land situated in Israel’s border has forced Israel to sacrifice its soldiers to stop the rockets from being fired into Jewish homes, schools, and temples. The situation is like having Osama bin Ladin running a country sharing a border with the United States and firing rockets into American cities. Obviously, it is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue.
There are two competing interests in Gaza right now: Israel wants to strike at Hamas and eliminate the Muslim terrorists’ ability to fire rockets into Israeli homes. The IDF wants to do so with minimum civilian casualties. On the other hand, Hamas is interested in maximizing civilian casualties, because the misleading TV pictures are causing anti-Israeli sentiment that they hope will lead to a cease-fire that includes international legitimacy for the Islamic terrorist organization.
To that end, Hamas has stockpiled enormous quantities of explosives in civilian homes and is launching rockets at Israel from Palestinian homes and schools that are filled with children. Every dead Palestinian child brings a trophy for Hamas and for Muslims worldwide: The Leftist media will reward them with even more sympathy for the Islamic cause. After all, if Hamas is able to cause Israel to shoot back at Palestinian homes from where Hamas is firing, the world will love the Palestinians even more.
So far, unfortunately, Hamas seems to be winning the PR war. And it is doing it at the expense of the Palestinian civilian population. No matter, what counts is that the global Jihad is going as planned.